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Towards a more sustainable future

“Werfen’s main contribution to society is achieved through its advanced diagnostics equipment and solutions which serve customers and patients in a unique way,” Marc Rubiralta, President

We offer professional opportunities to thousands of people around the world. Through prudent management, we generate the financial resources that it needs to invest for the long-term in new solutions that improve patients’ care and customers’ effectiveness. Moreover, Werfen is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the UN Global Compact.

Werfen joins the UN Global Compact

In 2020, Werfen officially became a signatory member of the UN Global Compact.

The UN declared this decade a decade of action for delivery of its SDGs by 2030–and, as a leader in our industry, we responded to this call.

Werfen supports the UN Global Compact as an integral part of our company values, in favor of world development and as a differentiator for our customers, employees and partners.

Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

We adhere to the same principles promoted by the UN Global Compact. By this, we commit to implementing the Ten Principles of this initiative, and to make them part of our strategic vision, organizational culture and day-to-day operations.

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

The UN SDGs establish a framework for building a more inclusive and sustainable world. They also provide Werfen with the opportunity to deepen our collaboration with our stakeholders. We are uniquely positioned to contribute to achieving the SDGs by:

  • Proactively managing our internal operations and supply chain;
  • Launching Corporate Social Responsibility programs;
  • Diversity and Inclusion practices;
  • Through the products, solutions, systems and services we offer our customers.
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Prioritizing the SDGs

All the SDGs are important to us but we must prioritize them in line with the expectations of our stakeholders.

Our approach to Sustainability

We have an obligation to our employees, our customers, our partners, our communities and the environment to drive our business sustainably.

At Werfen, sustainability is operating our business and satisfying the needs of our employees, partners and customers, now and in the future, without compromising the needs of our planet and our future generations, while remaining profitable.

Our sustainability principles:

  • We believe in the importance of sustainability for people (socially), our planet (environmentally) and our profitability (economically).
  • Our Senior Leaders are responsible for enabling employees to contribute to our sustainability objectives and to implement our corporate policy.
  • Specifically, we support the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on: human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We intend to implement these principles.
  • We are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of our values, the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company, and to engage in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the UN, particularly the SDGs.
  • We make a clear statement of this commitment in our annual sustainability report to stakeholders and the general public.

The 3 P’s of our Sustainability Policy

We are focused on three areas – all equally important and interconnected:

Social equality: Our commitment to human rights, security, equality, inclusion and diversity in all respects.

Environmental protection: Our impact on the environment including CO2 emissions, waste management or biodiversity.

Economic development: Our economic growth and our efficiency using resources like energy or materials.

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Our Sustainability program

In 2020, Werfen developed a strategic sustainability plan with numerous corporate initiatives, some of which are mentioned in this report. In 2021, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives will continue but this plan will ramp up with a deeper focus on embedding sustainability internally, in our culture, and embodying it in our values, beliefs and behaviors.

Sustainability Policy

In 2021, we will launch a Sustainability Policy which sets out the principles that govern our business operations.

Sustainability Seeds

As part of an internal campaign, in 2021 we will launch a video series of short, informative, visually impactful episodes that we are calling Sustainability Seeds. Each episode will present some insight into sustainability, our efforts, commitments and program. With each one we will plant a seed, and slowly, sustainability will take root.

Watch our Sustainability Seeds video

Together we can make a difference

Our Together We Can Make a Difference global campaign, developed by our Global Human Resources department, meant that Werfen would make a ten-fold match of every employee donation. The funds were donated to mainly foodbanks and those tending to the needs of families, people living on their own and the elderly.

The purpose of the campaign was that the help should reach the poorest and most in-need sections of society and it has its roots pre-pandemic, in our people donating their time and actively engaging with society. In the face of the pandemic, in September 2020, we asked our employees for donations from their October, November and December paychecks. The response was amazing, with some 24% of employees making a donation.

In 2020 Werfen became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and its seventeen sustainable development goals, among them: No poverty, Zero hunger and Good health & well-being. All three are incredibly important to our commitment to our corporate social responsibility goals and our broader aim of reaching out and providing aid to those most in need among the communities in which we work.

Please read on and learn about some our initiatives.

  • image descriptionNo povertySDG 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

    Objective in 2020:

    To undertake specific actions to tackle poverty in at least three different countries.
    Result: Achieved
    In 2020 we carried out actions in six different countries.

    Werfen and Pane Quotidiano, Italy

    In September, seeing the social and economic havoc wreaked by COVID-19, the EEMEAI team decided to take action and help the local community. Our attention turned to Pane Quotidiano and its free food delivery point which is close to our headquarters in Milan.

    Pane Quotidiano ('Daily Bread' NGO), was founded in Milan, Italy in 1898 as a non-religious, non-political, non-partisan and non-profit organization, whose primary objective is the distribution of free food packages and comfort goods to the most in-need sections of the community and anyone who drops-in to its premises.

    As a first step, the EEMEAI team donated funds usually earmarked for half term meeting dinners and, starting in September, they collected non-perishable food items and second-hand clothes to be delivered monthly to its headquarters.

    EEMEAI is very proud to partner with this charity in Milan and we believe that by working together, we can and do make a difference.

  • image descriptionZero HungerSDG 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

    Objective in 2020:

    To collaborate in at least two projects to tackle hunger.
    Result: Achieved
    In 2020 we participated in six initiatives.

    Germany & Austria support children in need during the COVID-19 crisis

    In the turmoil which visited all of our lives in 2020, our teams in Germany and Austria opted to donate funds to Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V., a charity providing ´Corona Emergency Aid Packages´, consisting of ´Tutoring´, ´Balanced Nutrition´and ´Digital Learning´ elements. An example of the work it does is providing nutritious food for children in schools and daycare after hours. In addition, its Digital Learning package provides families in need with digital learning equipment, including computers and desks. Its Tutoring package meanwhile, includes meetings between private tutors and children, obviously with self-distancing measures in place.

    The donations from December 1, 2020 until January 15, 2021 totaled €4,577. Now, more than ever, this money is vital for families in need, especially if the pandemic continues apace.

  • image descriptionGood health and well-beingSDG 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    Objective in 2020:

    To develop at least two initiatives to improve health and well-being in our communities.
    Result: Achieved
    We developed 10 health and well-being initiatives.

    Hemostasis and Acute Care Diagnostic, United States

    With Werfen adding a very generous ten-fold match to each and every donation, a total of more than US$63,000 was raised in our “Together We Can Make a Difference” initiative. Each of our Hemostasis and Acute Care Diagnostics Technology Centers, in Bedford, MA, San Diego, CA, and Orangeburg, NY, selected a local food bank for their donations. These organizations provide much needed, and greatly appreciated, nourishment to people in their communities.

    Autoimmunity gives back, United States

    Our Autoimmunity business line has a history of supporting the San Diego, CA community in a variety of ways. Given the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on San Diego’s community and economy, Autoimmunity employees put a priority on giving back during the 2020 holiday season.

    The Autoimmunity Events team organized the Autoimmunity Gives Back initiative, supporting the San Diego Food Bank. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the food bank distributed 28 million pounds of food. It serves, on average, 350,000 people per month throughout the county.

    This local initiative aligned with our global initiative Together We Can Make a Difference. Working together, we supported the San Diego Food Bank in three ways. Throughout November and December, we collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food to provide to those in need. In December, a team of Autoimmunity employees volunteered at the Food Bank’s distribution warehouse, preparing food packages. Working together, they prepared 12,334 meals for families across San Diego County. Finally, 107 employees, along with Werfen’s donation match, were able to provide the San Diego Food Bank with a check for almost USD 12,000. For the many San Diego families struggling through the pandemic, our employees embraced these many opportunities to work together to make a difference in our community.